Monday, January 8, 2007

Cutting up my library card

I know it seems a strange thing to do so soon after starting a blog about books, but I'm taking a self-imposed break from the library after I finish Kavalier and Clay (good so far, btw). But in looking around here, I have no fewer than 24 unread books kicking around!!! Titles:

Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol. 1, Diana Wynne Jones (sorry Kerry)
Lady Chatterly's Lover, DH Lawrence
Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigani
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
Four Souls, Lousie Erdrich
Dante's Inferno, Pinsky translation (I got this one as a gift when I graduated undergrad!)
Good Wives, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (Kerry, this is where your copy went to)
Imitation of Life, Fannie Hurst
The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang (sorry Pete)
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
A Little Commonweath, John Demos (please don't take back my A in this class, Dr. Falk!)
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Failure is Not an Option, Gene Krantz
The Greek Treasure, Irving Stone
The Book of Changes, stories by Tim Wynne-Jones (I got this at a conference years ago)
The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell (I will give this book soon, Mom!)
The Age of Homespun, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the US, Dave Zirin
Lives of the Saints, Richard McBrien
The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
The Amulet of Samarkand, Johnathan Stroud
City of Masks, Mary Hoffman
Eragon, Christopher Paolini

Any opinions on which I should read first? I know that morally speaking, I should read either the Sarah Vowell book or The Master and Margarita first, since they're not mine. At the same time, I've had them both for over a year now...will another week matter? I'm kind of leaning towards Eragon since I saw the movie last week. I liked the movie a great deal, and I heard it sucked compared to the book, so I ought to LOVE the book. At the same time, I've been in a historical mood lately, so maybe one of the Laurel Thatcher Ulrichs? I just can't decide...but I am going to get these books read! It's my New Year's Resolution!